Soccer-Crystal Palace sign midfielder Doucoure

(Reuters) – Crystal Palace have signed Mali midfielder Cheick Doucoure from French side RC Lens on a five-year deal, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 22-year-old has been a vital part of the Lens team, playing more than 120 games in all competitions and helping them gain promotion to Ligue 1 since arriving from Malian side AS Real Bamako in 2018. The transfer fee was not disclosed.

“I’m very happy, I feel a lot of joy and a lot of pride to be a Palace player. I’m proud to be at Palace today,” Doucoure said.

It is Palace’s third signing in the transfer window, after striker Malcolm Ebiowei and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

($1 = 0.9937 euros)

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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